Thursday, October 9, 2014

Glittering Fuchsia

This week I've been immersed in my "Watercolor Pencils" online class and haven't had a lot of time for blogging.  I've also been busy teaching live classes at the "Waterloo Center For The Arts" in Waterloo Iowa.  But as things on the class front begin to settle down I am beginning to turn my mind to the backlog of projects and deadlines that have been piling up in my studio.

Several of these projects involve reviewing a number of new products that I have been asked to take a look at.  Several of them are new to me and I can't wait to show them to you over the coming weeks.

But, it's no secret that I love what was "Luminarte" products, and with my focus on watercolor pencils lately I haven't had as much playtime with these beautiful jewels that I would like. Luminarte have changed their brand name to "ColourArte", but their flagship products have remained unchanged.  

Twinkling h2O's and Silks Acrylic Glaze are still as exquisite as always.  In fact, they have just released several new colors in Silks and some wonderful color packs in the Twinkling h2O's.  I haven't had a chance to really get my head around the new Silks colors, but I did manage to have a little play with.

This fun page was done quickly in my Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series Sketchbook.  It is a mix of Matte Acrylics, Watercolor Pencil, and Silks Acrylic Glaze combined with different acrylic mediums.  Just have a look at how the page littering shimmers with its own light source and the texture pops off the page.  That is the Silks over the acrylic and mediums, and when you look at it from different perspectives, the page seems to dance with light and color.

But the most amazing find is that "Epsilon" Sketchbook took layer after layer of paint and medium, without any problems at all.  It's amazing because the Epsilon in only 100lb and designed for pen, ink, and light washes.  I think it's testimony to the quality of the paper and the the quality of the sizing.

Anyway, we've been painting Fuchsia's in my watercolor pencils class, one of my favorite flowers, so I thought I'd show you this simplified rendering of a fuchsia I did using all these products. 

Keep an eye out for more product reviews coming up, I've got some fun stuff to show you.  

I hope you're having a great week, and thanks for stopping by. xx